Maybe rumours of their demise are exaggerated, but when ConservativeHome starts speculating about splits in the Cornerstone Group (who I affectionately call 'Tombstone') you know there's trouble at t'mill. Edward Leigh's article in the House Magazine, where he has a right old go at David Cameron, seems to position Cornerstone at the headbanging fringes of the Party. It's so deliciously ironic that most of their thirty five strong members actually voted for David Cameron. The ConservativeHome article concludes with these words...
The Cornerstone group is not necessarily united in its concerns about Project
Cameron, however. One member of the group resigned last week and
Cornerstone's co-founder - John Hayes MP - is known to be much more
favourable to the party's direction.
I understand that the MP who has resigned from Cornerstone is Andrew Selous. I also hear that there are disagreements between John Hayes and Edward Leigh over the future direction of Cornerstone and that Hayes is increasingly fed up with Leigh being described in the media as the group's "leader". Their next meeting up at Highgate cemetery should be a joy to behold. I gather it's a dress down event. No uniforms necessary...
Footnote: Last week Nadine Dorries MP outed herself on her blog as a member of Cornerstone. What timing!